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Delightful Charms of Lagenandra with cultivation of terrestrial leaves and collection

Lagenandra has many kinds having different leaf shapes and colors as well as the same Araceae family, Cryptocoryne. Here, we will introduce from the classic kinds to rare kinds in terrestrial conditions. When growing Lagenandra in terrestrial conditions in clay pots, put a clay pot in an aquarium tank and fill the aquarium tank with water up to where the clay pot is soaked half way, and then put a lid on the aquarium tank. The key point is to keep the appropriate humidity inside the aquarium tank. Lighting is necessary for cultivations, but they are shade plants, so slightly dimmed light is suitable. A characteristic of Lagenandra is that it is easier to grow than Cryptocoryne both underwater and above water.
Lagenandra meeboldii ‘Vinay chandra’
It is a type of L.meeboldii that develops red long leaves. The healthy terrestrial leaves change the way they look from green to red depending on the angles.
Lagenandra meeboldii ‘Bleeding Heart’
The patterns appear more vividly than L.meeboldii ‘Red’. The tips of the leaves tend to be rounder compared to other L.meeboldii.

Lagenandra thwaitesii
It is a beautiful species with silver rimmed leaves from Sri Lanka. Because it is not suitable for underwater, it is suggested to enjoy them on Mizukusa Wall.
Lagenandra toxicaria ‘Red’
Large Lagenandra that develops long leaves with a hint of red. It is very similar to a species called L.Rubin Hi Red.
Lagenandra toxicaria
Large Lagenandra with long leaves in green. Although the underwater cultivation is possible, having them in large aquarium tanks is recommended because of the bold presence.
Lagenandra nairii
Deep green colored Lagenandra grown naturally in the southeast India. They tend to transform into dwarf condition in the water, and are suitable for emerged condition and above water.
Lagenandra meeboldii ‘Red’
It is L.meeboldii with red leaves developing distinctive patterns. Although it is highly shade tolerant, if it is in a dark environment underwater, it tends to turn green.
Lagenandra meeboldii ‘Green’
The shade tolerance is high, and it is useful in places where sufficient light does not reach such as base of driftwood. The terrestrial leaves are deep green colored. However, the aquatic leaves are slightly bright colored.
Lagenandra sp. ‘Silver’
It develops patterns like oxidized silver on its green colored long leaves. The silver patterns often disappear from the aquatic leaves.
Lagenandra keralensis ‘Green’
It is rare L.keralensis with deep green colored leaves with the veins of the leaves turning pink. Depending on the growth environment, the pink colored glow might disappear from some of the plant.

Lagenandra keralensis
It is possible to grow underwater. But because it grows slowly and, algae tends to develop in spots, Otocinclus sp. is a necessity in the aquarium tank.
Lagenandra ovata
It is the largest species of Lagenandra. Open top aquarium is recommended to show the true worth.